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Saranello's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saranellos.com
  • Phone: (847) 777-6878
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Mychael Bonner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering for groups from 8 to 250. We will offer a wide array of family style options that are guaranteed to please.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining facilities also are available for holiday parties, business meetings and other gatherings. A larger space accommodates seating for 50 while two smaller dining rooms each offer more intimate settings for 25 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Milwaukee and Lake Cook
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Saranello's
Inspired by his travels and passion for Italy's culture, Executive Chef Mychael Bonner has created a broad menu of Italian-fare utilizing the freshest ingredients to create the fullest flavors to bring homemade, hand-crafted pizzas and pastas, as well as prime steaks and fresh fish dishes to the table.

Feel the energy while dining in a casual and rustic 6700-square-foot setting. Dine at natural reclaimed wood tables with seating for 175, surrounded by inviting darker woods, exposed brick and beams, subtle filament lighting, and accented with muted chocolate and caramel tones throughout.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Saranello's food is good and their pre-show menu is a real treat. Service though, knowing we were going to the theater, was very slow. The most frustrating thing is the parking. It is a nightmare. So, if you are not in a hurry...go and enjoy. The food is really good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "fantastic minestrone and short ribs which really was a pot roast--wife also loved chicken parmesan"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "From good to bad in one menu. Looks like they are trying to cut costs but the result is just bad."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Incredible service: waiter was helpful, attentive and focused on providing a great meal experience with friends. Although the restaurant was packed the meal was leisurely and in control of the waiter. And the support staff including the managers was always within eye contact to help. Great food: menu is not mind numbing in choice but is more than sufficient to find an old favorite or entice anew eating experience. Ambiance: a bit too hustle bustle & noisy; but this was definitely overshadowed by food and service. Will we return: This was our third visit and there will definitely be more."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had to down grade for service because a first impression is always determined by how you are greeted, and unfortunately, we were not greeted very well, barely even looked in the eye. Even though we had reservations, three other parties after ours got seated first, and when we were seated, the girl seating us didn't really know where to go, did not take us all the way to our table, and did not even bring menus with her. After that, the rest of the staff was wonderful. They were warm, friendly, and attentive. The food was fantastic-their homemade pasta is excellent-everyone in the group enjoyed their meals. Because it was a birthday celebration, we received a birthday after-dinner drink on the house, and a picture of our table."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Visited Saranello's many times. Consistency is their long suit. Servings more than ample, taste delicious. Service is attentive. Our waiter, Jay, was all things to all people: kind, attentive, interested in providing a good meal and a happy customer. Every request was met with the correct response. Jay treated us very well, even though we dined off the pre-theater specials. Note: brown leather chairs showing wear; I replaced one with a tear. Your table reflects on your excellence."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was our first visit and I was pleasantly surprised. The food was fantastic, we had the gnocchi with vodka sauce and it was one of the best I ever had. We also ordered the chicken parmesan, which was also really good with a very flavorful marinara sauce. Both entrees were good size portions and the prices were reasonable. We ordered from the pre- theatre menu which is available between 3 and 6 p.m. for $19.95. It included a soup or salad, entree and dessert. The wait staff was really good, our waitress brought refills of bread and drinks without us even asking for them and was available when needed. We already have reservations to go back and we are bringing the whole family."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This restaurant is a nice local restaurant with a nicer ambience for business lunches. It has an impressive décor and feel to it that impresses business colleagues. It offers some privacy conducive to continuing business conversations over lunch. It's on my "A" list for business lunches and out of towners."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We've been there several times, with a group or just my wife and I. We have never had a bad experience or meal all the times we've gone. Parking can be a challenge sometimes, but overall it was great."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "4 of us went to dinner on a Saturday night. We had reservations and they were honored within 15 minutes which is fine. The place was pretty crowded and pretty noisy. The food is very good and served hot. Wonderful flat bread pizza for a table appetizer. WE'd go back again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Reservations were made through Open Table. We arrived a few minutes ahead of time and were seated immediately. Our waiteress appeared very quickly, was friendly, responded to questions and provided great service. This was our first time at Saranello's and look forward to returning when back in the area."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our lunch and service. As one of our group was gluten intolerable it was suggested that you improve and extend the gluten free menu."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "All of our dinners were tasty. The server was friendly and accommodating. Portions were just the right size. Apple tart was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We were coming from a play at the local high school and didn't arrive until after 9:30 p.m. Hostess was accomodating and took us right to table, took a few minutes before someone acknowledged us. Once the waiter came over Jay everything was on track. He made great recommendations, took care of all of our needs, was helpful but not obtrusive. He did a great job. Made the overall experience. All of our entrees arrived hot and pasta entree's were well cooked and seasoned. Great job by all, I would go back and would recommend to friends."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Greatly enjoy Saranellos every time. The service is perfect- so good that I would request Jacob as our server upon our next visit. The food is consistently good. Small issue with the grilled calamari appetizer this time. Very small and a little bit chewy but still good. The stuffed mushrooms are excellent. All entrees made exactly as ordered. Spinach gnocchi with homemade chicken sausage was wonderful as was the chicken limone and veal parmesan. Cant believe that we even found room for dessert! We did and the apple crostanta (might be spelling that wrong) was served ala mode and worth every calorie."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We aways enjoy the food and ambiance & great service. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food was very good as usual. Sevice is very good. This is a noisey place due to the open floor plan"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had to ask for the used plates and glasses to be removed from the table. Service was not great. Food was good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was our second experience at Saranello's and both have disappointed. I expect more from a Lettuce Entertain You operation. The place is nice enough, situated at the end of the Westin Hotel. The food, however, is not up to the standards I expect from LEYE. The salads were OK. Our veal was dull, tough and expensive. The service was adequate, although a busboy dropped a stack of glasses that shattered near our party - no injuries, thank you and he was very apologetic. Servers did bring a complementary anniversary dessert, which was very nice of them (and SOP at Lettuce). I suppose if you're out with friends and have a few drink with dinner, all's well here. But for us food lovers, Saranello's was ordinary and pricey for what's offered."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very good food and good service. A bit noisy but a good time."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We celebrated several special occasions last Saturday. The waitress was wonderful. The food was excellent. We had a great table because it was in the back near wine bottles. Was less noisy there and we had a person who was hard of hearing. We will definetly return again. I was under the impression that the restaurant was very fancy to our surprise it was warm and friendly and not stuffy."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very good lunch and great service. The salmon was very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Saranello's has quickly become a favorite and I recommend it to friends and family all the time. Excellent food prepared and presented well. Wait staff is attentive but not overbearing. Positive atmosphere with cheerful staff. Can be a bit noisy at times, but not to the point where conversation is impossible."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I were celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary & thought we'd try someplace new. A friend had given us a lettuce entertain you gift card - so Saranello's was our choice. Excellent food - mouth watering pasta dishes! Fantastic wine -- delicious dessert - banana tiramasu & chocolate gelato (as well as a complimentary dessert for the occasion & complimentary coffee liquer) Overall ambience was relaxing, festive & comfortable - loved the lighting! We enjoyed Nicolette our amazing waitress who was just the right combination of attentive, kind & informative - not hovering. Overall, we were delighted with our first visit & will definitely be back bring our friends. Thanks for a wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had great service. Very attentive and the food was tasty. The manager stopped by and wished a Happy Annivesary and took a picture and then framed it and gave it to us along with two flutes of champagne. We will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our waitress had a terrible attitude. We waited 15 minutes for water and finally poured our own witha water pitcher we found behind us and we told her that and she said "well, I only started at 5:30 and transtition takes time." She said she didn't know the soup special yet and was not the least apologetic about the wait."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food...but no barbeque sauce for the kids and their chicken fingers...they need to stock that!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "we had a group of 6 for a business dinner and the restaurant put us in a little private screened off section. It was awesome!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Service was a little over bearing. Cleared too quickly, one course followed the other too fast. Food was very good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Not so great. Nice atmosphere, but the service was lacking and the food banal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service.. Hope to go back soone"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had such a lovely night. It was a special birthday, and the host, Brian really accommodated us. The wait staff was wonderful. Our reservation time was honored. The food was hot and we were not rushed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "WE celebrated my sister in law's 40th birthday here and it was GREAT!!! The food, the service were outstanding!!! I would definitely come back - i would like to try the Brunch on Sundays!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "i was so disappointed in the service you had to wait a while before the server came back to the table and never asked how are meal was and when she saw my plate full of food and didnt want it wrapped never asked if something was wrong. i ordered the chicken visuvio so dry that you could not even swallow it. my husband told me not to complain that we will never go back and it was my birthday as well... they did honor our reservation on time"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service was great. We have eaten here a few times before and have had a very nice time. It was crowded on the night we were there and it was a bit noisy and hard to hear across the table. I think the next time we go there we will plan on an off peak hour to be a bit more comfortable."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Lunch on patio was perfect. Our server, Marco (I think) was the best. Congenial, accommodating and overall a great addition to your staff. Looking forward to next visit."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is VERY noisy. 3 people couldn't converse. The tables were set up so close together that it was difficult to get in and out. We were seated and not taken care of until we had to get up and tap someone's shoulder to ask for service. It was a busy night, Sunday and Father's Day - but perhaps they should have not tried to fit in so many people. We would never go there again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly and helpful. The Chicken Parmesan and Eggplant Parmesan were both excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Was there for Father's Brunch, great food especially the dessert station."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It took quite awhile for a waitress to come to the table to take our order. We had to ask a bell boy to find one. The food was excellent once it did arrive. The Russian Trout was excellent as well as the lasagna and chicken limone. The pre theater menu was affordable, but we had to ask for it. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014